Cabinet Office Minister Mr Francis Maude visited the Armadillo Yate Youth Cafe on Thursday, February 12 to look round and to meet Yate councillors and young people to learn about youth engagement in the area.
MP Steve Webb also attended the visit to the social space for young people aged between 11 and 19, and was shown a short film made by young people from the cafe called ‘Yate is Great’, a documentary promoting Yate.
Mr Maude was clearly impressed. He described the Armadillo as a "fantastic place" and said how important it is for towns to have social enterprises like this.
Steve Webb said:”I think it was a great opportunity for Francis to come and see what’s going on here and especially talk to some of the volunteers and young people. It was great to hear feedback from them, and what really came across was the mutual respect here between all the young people and the staff and a sense of ownership"
To find out more about the venue visit www.yatearmadillo.co.uk
If you haven't looked around the Armadillo, it's well worth a visit. Even if you're over 19, you can look around on Saturday mornings when it is open for refreshments and a film, and on Thursdays you can have coffee and cake group with a film show.